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Hirono Joins Families Belong Together Rally, Calls for End to Family Separation & Detention

HONOLULU – Senator Mazie K. Hirono joined hundreds of activists at the Hawaii State Capitol today to protest the Trump administration’s family separation and detention policies. The Honolulu Families Belong Together rally was one of over 700 held across the country.

“Today, people are coming together all across the country to say that we can’t be locking up children and separating families,” Senator Hirono said. “Donald Trump created this crisis through his own actions, blamed others for what’s happening, and used the ensuing chaos to demand a legislative solution that harms even more people. It’s up to each of us, and to the millions of Americans outraged by his actions to stand up, fight back, and demand action.”

Senator Hirono is an original cosponsor of Senator Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) Keep Families Together Act to prohibit the Department of Homeland Security from separating immigrant families. Earlier this year, Senator Hirono introduced the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, which would provide unaccompanied children with access to legal representation when they appear in removal proceedings before an immigration judge.